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Nice to see they are at least looking at a plan.

Water is relatively cheap and plentiful in Canada, often you pay more for the connection than for the water itself. The cities also tend to add surcharges to pay for sewage systems which actually makes a lot of sense (water in sewage out) and cuts some of the political fighting out of it.


Canadian industries may have to pay more for water

17/11/2011 9:55:35 AM

CBC News
Conserving water in Canada will require new collaborative government measures as consumption swells - which means the country may have to charge industries more for its use, a new report says.

While there are signs of improvement in water-use efficiency in most economic sectors - and that is expected to hold steady to 2030 - there are some "regional challenges," especially in areas where agriculture, and oil and gas are involved, says the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy.

"While a shortage of water is not an imminent issue facing Canada, the overall demand by the natural resource sectors is increasing," said round-table vice-chair Mark Parent.

That decade saw the Halifax Regional Water Commission begin to charge its customers a pollution surcharge which was intended to fund such a system.
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